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Creative writing workshops new york

Creative writing workshops new york

We are thrilled to announce IN-PERSON CLASSES IN NYC starting this spring.

All ONLINE CLASSES will continue to be offered at a discounted rate in order to give writers the support, inspiration and creative community (albeit remotely) needed during this unpredictable time.

Thank you for writing with Sackett Street.

Julia Fierro
Director & Founder

Not sure what class is right for you? Submit an application and we’ll let you know!
It’s our 20th birthday!

To celebrate the more than 10,000 writers who’ve written with us since 2002, we are having a party on June 13th at powerhouse Arena in Brooklyn. Drinks, cake and book signings by featured alumni authors.

We hope you can join us.


Featured alumni signing books at the 20th birthday party include memoirist Qian Julie Wang (Beautiful Country), novelists Monica West (Revival Season), SSWW founder & director Julia Fierro and alum Caeli Widger Wolfson writing as Cassidy Lucas (Santa Monica & The Last Party), Mark Prins (The Latinist), Marissa Levien (The World Gives Way), and special guest Marcy Dermansky (Hurricane Girl).


In 2002, I graduated from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and moved to Brooklyn, where I found myself pining for a community of enthusiastic writers and readers. I placed an ad on Craigslist, and the very first group of Sackett Street writers climbed the three floors to my brownstone apartment kitchen.

They were hard-working writers and passionate readers, but they were also accountants and copywriters and stay-at-home-parents and industrial engineers. As I filled class after class (many with returning students who still participate today), I realized that great writers were everywhere—not just at MFA programs and literary conferences.

Word spread that Sackett Street was a salon-like workshop with small classes, an intimate environment, dedicated instructors and motivated students. 20 years later, over 10 ,000 writers have studied with us. They have continued on to MFA in Creative Writing programs , received distinguished rewards and fellowships, and have published books at commercial houses and independent presses.

Read more about our alumni here.

NYC is full of great writers. Come join them at Sackett Street.

We are thrilled to offer our craft-focused workshops to talented writers outside NYC through our ONLINE classes. Because great writers live in every corner of the world.

Creative Writing Program

• Alum Maaza Mengiste was awarded a 2022 Guggenheim Fellowship
• Visiting graduate faculty member Brandon Taylor‘s collection Filthy Animals was named a 2021/22 finalist for The Story Prize and was shortlisted for the 2022 Dylan Thomas Prize
• Alum Raven Leilani won the 2021 Clark Fiction Prize, Dylan Thomas prize, the 2020 Kirkus Prize for Fiction and the Center for Fiction 2020 First Novel Prize for her debut novel Luster, and was named a finalist for the 2021 VCU Cabell First Novelist Award, the Gotham Book Prize, the 2021 PEN/Hemmingway Award for Debut Novel, the 2021 PEN/Jean Stein Book Award

• Alum Desiree C. Bailey‘s debut poetry collection What Noise Against the Cane was longlisted for the 2022 Dylan Thomas Prize and was also named a finalist for the 2021 National Book Award in Poetry and the 2022 Kate Tufts Discovery Award, and was published as the winner of the 2020 Yale Series of Younger Poets
• Senior faculty member Sharon Olds was named the 2022 recipient of the Poetry Society of America’s Frost Medal for distinguished lifetime achievement in poetry
• Faculty member Katie Kitamura‘s latest novel Intimacies was a New York Times Top 20 Book of 2021, one of Barack Obama’s favorite 2021 reads, and longlisted for the 2021 National Book Award in Fiction. It was a Best Book of 2021 by numerous publications, including Washington Post, Vogue, and New York Times.
• Alum Mitchell S. Jackson won a Pulitzer Prize in Feature Writing

You can read more MFA Community news here and find a list of forthcoming and recently published books by alumni here. NYU CWP alumni include Aria Aber, Amir Ahmadi Arian, Julie Buntin, Nick Flynn, Nell Freudenberger, Aracelis Girmay, Isabella Hammad, Ishion Hutchinson, Mitchell S. Jackson, Tyehimba Jess, Raven Leilani, Robin Coste Lewis, Ada Limón, Melissa Lozada-Oliva, Maaza Mengiste, John Murillo, Gregory Pardlo, Morgan Parker, Nicole Sealey, Solmaz Sharif, Peng Shepherd, Ocean Vuong, Jenny Xie, and Javier Zamora.